March 12, 2005
Here are some movies that were just as good (if not better) than the book:
1) Lonesome Dove. Yeah, I know that it was a TV mini-series, but it was powerful and it followed the book fairly closely. Robert Duvall and Tommie Lee Jones were fantastic as Gus and Woodrow. I've watched the whole thing five times now and I'm still not tired of it.
2) Carrie. The ONLY Stephen King book that ever turned out worth a shit as a movie.
3) Forrest Gump. Read the book. You'll see what I mean.
4) The Exorcist. That movie gets my vote for the most terrifying experience I ever had in a movie theater. I stayed so clenched-up during that show that I felt as if I had been physically WHIPPED when I left the theater. That movie was better than the book.
5) Deliverance. The movie left out Dickey's existential blathering but stayed pretty well on track with the story. The casting was excellent, too. Plus, it added a couple of interesting lines to standard American English. "Boy, you got a pretty mouth" and "Squeal like a PIG!"
You don't find many non-abortions coming out of Hollywood, but they do exist.
I thought Forrest Gump was crap all around, in print and on film. I never liked the meme that equates weak minds with moral superiority. It isn't true and it oughtn't to be, either.
First Blood,it was a much better movie then a book,and was alot more sympathetic to the main character then the book.(I'm not saying it was a great movie,just better then the source)
I think you completely missed the point of Forrest Gump....
The Longest Day was not a work of fiction but both the movie and book were excellent. I've read the book twice and have seen the movie a dozen times. It's hard to say which I enjoyed more.
I would add The Shining to the list of Stephen King movies that were good.
"Carrie. The ONLY Stephen King book that ever turned out worth a shit as a movie."
I hope you ain't disrespectin' the Shawshank Redemption, boy.
I thought that Clockwork Orange came out pretty close to the book and was good as well.
Carrie, Shawshank, and Stand by Me are the only ones that were any good. Revising my previous statement.
I thought Shawshank, the Green Mile, and The Stand were great Stephen King films.
I went to college with his bulldike femnazi daughter. She was nasty.
Clockwork Orange, the movie, was a pretty good movie, but the meaning of the whole thing was changed by leaving the true ending out. The movie ends with him getting cured(uncured?) and an evil leer on his face, but the book goes on to a completely different ending and meaning to be derived from the whole. At least, that's the way I feel.
Where Eagles Dare. Alaistair MacLean wrote the screenplay and novel at the same time. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood were inspired casting. The drawing room scene where characters seem to shift sides-repeatedly; the whole arcane plot not clear until the final scene. The dialogue is vintage MacLean at the height of his powers.
The Guns of Navarone is another MacLean that made a good transition, though IMHO it isn't as gripping as Where Eagles Dare.
Rightisright, I KNOW Brett missed the point of Forrest Gump.
*shakes head sadly*
True, the book was a pain right in the eyeballs to read, but the movie?
The movie was great!
In fact, I think I'll watch it right now.... just for Brett.
Oh yeah and I also like M*A*S*H, the movie and the TV series, better than the book.
And, I like the TV series better than the movie... lol.
However, both the book and the HBO special "Dear America: Letters Home From Viet Nam" rip my heart out and reduce me to tears....
I didn't miss the point of Forrest Gump at all! Its fans were simply taken in.
I'm with Brett on Gump. The Stand was much better in print. The Godfather flick was good, but Luca Brazi did not scare me like he did in the book.
The Illustrated Man was better than the book, IMO. Liked Forest Gump a lot better when it was called Zelig.